Oprah Winfrey, we need you. Both your acting talent and your resources to get things done. Essentially "The Butler" ends with the election of Barack Obama, the first man of color to become a U.S. president. Not that America is race-neutral. But the issue is not as much a priority as how the aging are treated in employment, social life, and by the healthcare system which won't take Medicare.
The game-changing generation for culture and politics, we Baby Boomers have been shocked to find ourselves become invisible, at best, and a public nuisance, at worse.
High profile industries don't want us out in front. When is the last time anyone has walked into a Manhattan professional services firm and encountered someone my age in a visible position? When we apply for full-time or even contract assignments and present ourselves for interviews, jaws drop. In social life, conversations go around us. Marketing researchers don't want our data, thank you. And, good luck finding a medical practice which accepts Medicare. The word is out for us not to relocate after the eligibility age for Medicare because in a new town the odds are against having anyone take our Medicare.
Can Oprah transform aging from what's perceived as a global disease to just another rite of passage, like getting a driver's license or funding for a startup? That's possible.